Jessica L Montag

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Cognition & Cognitive Development
  • Language Production and Comprehension
  • Language Development
  • Compilation and Analysis of Naturalistic Language Corpora (Speech, Text, Child-Directed Speech)

Research Description

I study how language abilities emerge with experience across the lifespan, including language comprehension, production, and reading. I use varied methods and measures, including language comprehension and production experiments in adults and children, compilation and analyses of text and speech corpora, and advanced quantitative methods.


PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Recent Publications

Montag, J. L., Jones, M. N., & Smith, L. B. (2018). Quantity and Diversity: Simulating Early Word Learning Environments. Cognitive Science, 42, 375-412.

Montag, J. L., Matsuki, K., Kim, J. Y., & Macdonald, M. C. (2017). Language Specific and Language General Motivations of Production Choices: A Multi-Clause and Multi-Language Investigation. Collabra: Psychology, 3(1), [20].

Macdonald, M. C., Montag, J. L., & Gennari, S. P. (2016). Are There Really Syntactic Complexity Effects in Sentence Production? A Reply to Scontras et al. (2015). Cognitive Science, 40(2), 513-518.

Montag, J. L., & MacDonald, M. C. (2015). Text exposure predicts spoken production of complex sentences in 8-and 12-year-old children and adults. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144(2), 447-468.

Montag, J. L., Jones, M. N., & Smith, L. B. (2015). The words children hear: Picture books and the statistics for language learning. Psychological Science, 26(9), 1489-1496.

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